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(aka "The Dead Don't Talk" )

 

directed by Yavuz Yalinkiliç
Turkey 1970

 

Sometimes the dead DO talk if ONAR gives them a chance, like this God-forgotten 1970 Turkish Gothic Horror gem. A haunted house in the forest, a ghostly zombie-like bogeyman, a curse, pretty ladies meeting horrible deaths, endless macabre boo-ha-ha's, gloomy suffocating atmosphere, Aytekin Akkaya (3 DEV ADAM'S Captain America), pretty ladies, stolen music from Space Odyssey (well, Richard Strauss, that is) and giallos, exorcisms and other goodies guarantee a hair-raising experience. This is another worldwide premiere, never seen before on any kind of media. Luckily, the master was found in satisfactory condition so the picture is very good.

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DVD Review: Onar Films (Turkish Horror Double Bill) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Onar Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:12:48 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (Turkish)
Subtitles English, Greek, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Onar Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.29:1

Edition Details:
• Yavuz Yalinkiliç biography/filmography
• Mehmet Aslan biography/filmography
• Interview with Metin Demirhan (Cine-Historian) (26:10)
• Interview with Giovanni Scognamillo (Cine-Historian) (21:04)
• Interview with Aytekin Akkaya (Actor) (44:58)
• Horror Photogallery (9 pictures)
• Aytekin Akkaya Photogallery (28 pictures, mostly lobby cards)
• 3 trailers for other Onar Films releases

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After posting my review of Kadin Dusmani, I hurried to watch and review Turkish Horror Double Bill disc I purchased at the same time from Onar Films. This is another great package from the studio. As posted in my previous review, the quality materials for Turkish genre cinema are non-existent - in fact, the first feature on this disc, Ölüler konusmaz ki (The Dead Don't Talk) made in 1970, was thought to be lost until a print of this film was discovered in 2000. It's a gothic horror spook house story with a very memorable ghost/zombie with a horrible laughter - for days you'll try to get that laughter out of your head. The second feature, made in 1972 is an abbreviated re-make of Sergio Martino's giallo The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh / Blade of the Ripper released just a year prior. The films runs just under one hour, but it didn't stop Turkish filmmakers to come up with a totally different, if a bit laughable, ending. Call these films incompetent, cheap, naive, but they are never boring.
Both movies are masters what looks like an analog source and there are noticeable black bars on four side edges (as can be seen by first and last captures). The middle section of The Dead Don't Talk is too bright (see fourth capture), but it lasts only a few minutes. Thirsty for Love, Sex and Murder has more damage, but it's still watchable. Each film starts with a notice about print sources used for this DVD release.

 

Turkish mono sound is adequate and English subtitles are very well made (I noticed a couple of typos). As usual for Turkish films of the period, they borrow freely soundtracks from other films, thus you can hear Krzysztof Komeda's memorable lullaby from Rosemary's Baby in the first feature and the second film rips off some cues from Ennio Morricone's score from Violent City. The disc is loaded with extras starting with 2 interviews with Cine-Historians and authors of "Turkish Trash Cinema" about history of Turkish horror films and a brief gallery of Turkish Horror images, including 2 posters you see above for the films in this set. There is also a lengthy interview with Turkish actor Aytekin Akkaya who is featured in the first film and a gallery of mostly lobby cards of his films. Lastly, there are biographies/filmographies of the directors of 2 films and 3 trailers from other Onar Films DVDs. Just like for the previously reviewed disc, the recommendation for this set is with some reservation, but the adventurous kind should check this disc out. It is only limited to 1200 copies and mine is in low 900's. A trailer for the first film in this set is posted on YouTube HERE.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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(aka "Thirsty for Love, Sex and Murder" )

 

directed by Mehmet Aslan
Turkey 1972

 

If you are thirsty for a genuine giallo with lots of blood, sleaze, mystery and twists, this one is for you. It could be a Sergio Martino film, like STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH, but it comes straight from Turkey! Here, a maniac (or two?) with a sharp huge razor is after pretty girls. A woman is suffering a youth trauma and is haunted by the nightmare of her past. The only remaining master was found in good condition so the picture is not great but good enough for a Turkish 70's film.

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DVD Review: Onar Films (Double Bill with Ölüler konusmaz ki) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Onar Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 57:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (Turkish)
Subtitles English, Greek, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Onar Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.29:1


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